Seoul Attractions

Seoul attractions include historic temples and palaces, with some natural and cultural highlights. Preferred seasons for sightseeing in Seoul are spring and autumn with comfortable temperatures and blue skies. But in winter it's covered in snow and can be quite beautiful but cold. Heat and humidity in summer can be uncomfortable.

Seoul is home to three UNESCO-listed sites, as well as numerous other cultural treasures and some fun entertainment hubs. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites are Changdeokgung Palace Complex, Jongmyo Shrine, and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. The Gyeongbokgung Palace, built in 1395, is home to the National Folk Museum, as well as other sites of interest, is a great Seoul attraction.

The Namsangol Hanok Village is also a good stop, featuring traditional Korean homes from the Joseon Dynasty. The Bongeunsa, a Buddhist temple founded in 794 AD, is one of a number of temples that offer temple stay programmes for visitors, allowing foreigners to gain insight into the way of life and the faith of the resident monks.

For a break from highbrow cultural sightseeing, visitors can ride the Namsan Cable Car to the summit of the mountain to see the maritime aquarium and botanical gardens, or visit Lotte World, the largest indoor theme park in the world and one of the most exciting Seoul attractions.

There are lovely antique shops and art galleries to be browsed in the Insa-dong alleyways and other fun shopping districts, and the Galbi restaurants are a recreational must with their expertly cooked Korean ribs.

The service is amazingly friendly and helpful in Seoul and there are support structures in place for confused tourists: cheerful operators at the 120 Dasan Center provide answers to any question you might have for free, 24-hours a day, in Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Mongolian. The number is 02 120.

Gyeongbokgung

Gyeongbokgung

The jewel of Seoul's five historic palaces, Gyeongbokgung was built in 1395 by Lee Seong-Gye. Founder of the Joseon Dynasty, he established the city as the capital of Korea. The magnificent rectangular palace now contains the National Museum of Korea and National Folk Museum...  see full details



Lotte World

Lotte World

Fun and thrills are the order of the day at Seoul's main theme park, drawing about six million annual visitors. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Lotte World is the largest indoor theme park in the world. The park is divided into...  see full details



Insadong

Insadong

No visit to Seoul is complete without exploring the capital's heart and artistic soul. Known colloquially as Mary's Alley, the alleyways of the Insa-dong District contain antique shops and countless art galleries that delight collectors and casual browsers alike. From ancient Chinese pottery to yellowed...  see full details



Namsan Park

Namsan Park

Namsan is the mountain that stands as a sentinel in the centre of Seoul, proving to be a popular recreational feature in the city. The route through to the top is not extremely high and hiking through the park isn't too challenging. A cable...  see full details



Changdeokgung

Changdeokgung

One of the Five Grand Palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty, Changdeokgung is set within a large park in Jongno-gu and the whole complex has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Located east of Gyeongbok, Changdeokgung is also...  see full details



Jogyesa

Jogyesa

Jogyesa serves as the primary temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. First established in 1395, Jogyesa is located in the district of Jongno-gu in central Seoul. In 1998, Jogyesa made international news when several monks occupied the temple for more than 40...  see full details



Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine

Jongmyo Shrine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and celebrated as one of Korea's foremost cultural treasures. Built in 1394, it's the oldest Confucian shine in the world and often holds ceremonies, rituals, and traditional dance performances. Jongmyo is the official shrine of Korea's...  see full details



Dak Galbi

Galbi Restaurants

A quintessential Korean pastime and a good everyday option for budget-conscious travellers, galbi restaurants are immensely popular places which are full every night of the week with locals, expatriate workers in Korea, and tourists. The basic concept of galbi is simple: patrons sit around a...  see full details



Itaewon at night

Itaewon

Without doubt the most popular area of Seoul for foreign visitors, the gritty neighbourhood of Itaewon is one of Korea's coolest and most cosmopolitan urban enclaves. Located near the US army base in Seoul, Itaewon is full of great bars, restaurants, clubs, and shops. Shopping...  see full details



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